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Category: Student Profiles

MSLCE Student’s Disney Dream: To Produce Theme Park Theatre

By Jacob Nelson Sarah Bergeson grew up close to Disney World, and its proximity seems to have worn off on her. The Northwestern theatre graduate is interested in pursuing a career in a very specific kind of performance: the kind that goes on at theme parks like Disney. “Your audience is right in the middle

MSLCE Student Interested In Working Behind the Scenes in TV and Film

By Jacob Nelson While majoring in Creative Writing for the Media at Northwestern as an undergraduate, Zachary Hyman wrote and revised one hour-long television script and one half-hour script. He also learned about what goes on behind the scenes to get a television show produced. It was while working as an intern, first at a

A Lifelong Dancer, MSLCE Student Excited to Pour Artistic Passion Into Career

By Amy A. Ross Dance has been a part of Aleksa Narbutaitis’ life since she learned how to walk. Throughout her childhood, high-school and college years, she explored everything the dance world had to offer: ballet, tap, jazz, modern, hip-hop, lyrical, folk, and even ballroom dance. “I was always involved in dance performances… Dance and

MSLCE Student Begins Transition from Journalism to TV and Film

By Jacob Nelson Gloria Coulanges began her writing career studying journalism at Rutgers University before realizing she was drawn more to mediums that allowed for creativity and drama. “I just like telling stories, and doing it for film and television is something I would like more than newspapers,” Coulanges said. Part of the appeal of

MSLCE Student Wants To Use Media To Do Good

By Amy A. Ross The media world in which Cameron Kong grew up looks very different from the one she has come to explore in the United States. “As a Chinese student, when I hear the word ‘media’ I think of Hollywood or Broadway, but also of television and news. But I don’t have a

MSLCE Student Went from the Israeli Army to the Music Industry

By Jacob Nelson Benjamin Levine took an unconventional route to jumpstart his creative career. He joined the Israeli army. After graduating in 2011, he moved to Israel and soon found himself driving a tank. “That was a very transformative thing for me in a lot of ways,” Levine said with a laugh. A couple years

MSLCE Student Wants to Fuse Music and Design

By Jacob Nelson Some overachievers will double major in college. Maris O’Tierney decided to triple major. The new MSLCE student studied vocal performance with a focus in opera as well as political science, and art history (with an architectural history concentration) while she was an undergrad at Northwestern. The fact that these majors are so

MSLCE Student Hopes to Work Behind the Scenes in Entertainment Industry

By Jacob Nelson Krystal Zheng’s parents thought she’d grow up to be a professional musician. They sent her to a private music school when she turned five, and she fell into a routine of singing and piano practice. It wasn’t exactly what Zheng had in mind as a life’s pursuit, but it wasn’t far off

MSLCE Student Hopes to Launch a Record Label in Australia

By Amy A. Ross When she was 19 years old, Shelley Bishop left her home in Brisbane, Australia, determined to explore the world for a year. A few months later, she found herself happily settled in Elmhurst, Illinois, studying Music Business and Jazz Composition. During her time there she did in fact get to see the

Before Grad School, MSLCE Student Started a Production Company

By Jacob Nelson Daniel Dvorkin’s creative career started earlier than most. In 2008, he began a production company called Two Lights Theatre Company with Rebecca Leifman when the two were studying theatre at DePaul University in Chicago. Seven years later, Two Lights is still cranking out shows. “When we started it I never had an